About Me

Wow, thanks for actually checking out my “about me” page!  My name is Spencer Haws and I’m a family man (4 kids!), but what can I say; I also really like business ideas.  I’ve always had the “problem” of going after lots of different ideas – rather than focusing on just one.

I created this blog originally as a way to discuss the various business ideas I was trying out.  However, I’ve since honed in on a few areas of business; namely: creating niche websites (in lots of different niches), buying and selling websites, running a software company (Long Tail Pro), and recently a local software development firm.

I share what I’m learning along the way in regards to SEO, creating valuable businesses online, and of course the tips and tricks I may discover for business in general.  Hopefully you will see me make a few bucks along the way and potentially you will find a business idea that you can be passionate about too.

Quick Business Background

P1030185edit Also, just to be upfront, I already make a substantial full-time income online.  I own dozens of niche websites primarily monetized by Google Adsense and Amazon Associates and my main focus is building this niche website empire.

As a result of building so many websites, I also decided to create a better keyword research tool (because I wasn’t happy with the other software out there), which I did in 2011.  That tool is called Long Tail Pro, and has also become a big part of my business.

And because I am always exploring and creating new ideas (my “problem”), I have a few other ventures that I’ve started as well (I created/own these): Niche Website Theme, Welcome Splash, Long Tail Classroom, Inigo, Vylo, and a failed iPhone app.

I should mention that I could never start or manage all these businesses on my own.  I have some AWESOME people working with me along the way.  Most relevant to this blog is Perrin Carrell that works for me full-time as my website portfolio manager.  He manages all our content writers and other outsourced help.

I also have 3 great programmers constantly developing Long Tail Pro and a customer support person that rocks.

Personal Background

P1020924smallAnyway, here’s a quick run down on me.  I grew up in sunny Mesa, Arizona and love to get back and visit family and friends when I can.  I now live in Richland, WA (where my wife grew up).

My dad started his own company when I was about 21, and this had a huge influence on me deciding to finally graduate in Business Management from BYU in 2002.

I was in college during some of the dot com boom/bust years and this also had an impact on me.  A couple of years after I graduated – probably 2005 – I started dabbling around with creating websites.

I was pretty bad at it.

But after a few years I finally figured out how search engine optimization worked.  I also discovered that I could rank my websites in Google much easier for low competition keywords than high competition (pretty amazing stuff huh?) and this directly led to my success.

However, it didn’t come all at once.  From about 2005 to the middle of 2009 I basically made no money, but just learned a lot about websites and SEO.  During that time I worked as a Business Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Bank and also got my MBA from Arizona State University in 2007 (my back up plan).

Quitting My Job

aaaP1030088smallThen towards the end of 2009 I really started to find some success building niche websites.  In 2010 I went a little nuts with it and built almost 200 websites that year targeting low competition keywords (most of the process was outsourced).

Well, I had some lows, but I also had some highs.  I learned how to build better quality sites and prevent future problems with Google.  All in all by the end of 2010, I was ready to quit my job and pursue my business full-time.

However, being the over cautious person financially that I am (okay my wife had something to do with it too); I decided to wait until March 11th, 2011 to quit my job.  Since that day, I have been working full-time from home!

My income has been well above what my day job income was and I’m enjoying building my online business.  Now its time to go out and try some more “niche pursuits”!

Other than that, I have always loved the outdoors and sports.  I love racquetball and softball when I get a chance, and I have run a few marathons.  I enjoy running, and perhaps enjoy competing with myself to set better and better personal bests in different running distances.

I’ve been married since 2002 and have 4 awesome children.

So, that’s my quick background…enjoy my Niche Pursuits!

If you would like to contact me, you can do so here.

My Secret Weapon – Perrin Carrell!

perrin1I managed to somehow run my business for about 3 years all on my own.  However, I found myself working on so many different projects, that I was never able to truly focus.  As a result, I hired Perrin Carrell, my first full-time employee in January 2014.

Perrin truly is my secret weapon when it comes to why I’m able to accomplish so much.  Perrin acts as my SEO and content manager for all my niche sites, but does so much more for my business.  We have weekly strategy calls and his words of wisdom help me avoid poor decisions probably more than I’d like to know.

I discovered Perrin during the Niche Site Project 2.  He was chosen by the readers of NichePursuits.com to be my student to build a niche site from scratch.  Not only was the site we built a HUGE success (now making a few thousands dollars a month), but I discovered that Perrin was a great fit for what I needed in my business.

So, after the project I made Perrin an offer to work with me full-time and the rest is history.

You can reach Perrin at: Perrin {at} NichePursuits.com.

 

 

 

Last Updated: Sept. 2014